2018 elections: Democrats argue that millions of Americans are deprived of the opportunity to vote

Выборы 2018: демократы утверждают, что миллионы американцев лишены возможности проголосовать

2018 elections: Democrats argue that millions of Americans are deprived of the opportunity to vote

Author: Paul Cote

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This upcoming Tuesday, November 6, on the territory of the United States held midterm elections.

The citizens will provide an opportunity to elect a new lower house of Congress to determine the fate of 35 of the 39 senators and governors. In addition, several States held local elections. The confrontation between the two political parties in the coming hours will reach new heights, and their supporters will try to tip the balance in their favor.

However, the Democrats are sure that competitors are not willing to conduct a fair fight. Together with human rights organizations, they need to change a number of rules and laws that, in their opinion, impede the holding of fair elections. According to estimates, tomorrow almost 6 million people for various reasons can’t vote.

Выборы 2018: демократы утверждают, что миллионы американцев лишены возможности проголосовать
Democrats believe that their competitors are not willing to conduct a fair fight. Photo: flickr/CC/jessiewhittle/

First of all we are talking about 1.5 million residents of Florida. This applies to those who are in jail, awaiting a court decision or recently released on PAROLE. Moreover, the forbidden rule applies to any person who has ever been beyond the law. Even if a Florida resident was prosecuted for illegal possession of marijuana, it forever deprived of the right to vote. In the upcoming elections, the local population will decide whether to repeal the law.

The situation is similar in States such as Iowa, Virginia and Kentucky. Here, too, followed by extremely harsh laws concerning the election of human rights. Activists and Democrats believe that the government should distinguish between minor violations and serious crimes. In the latter case it is proposed to deprive the right to vote.

In addition, in some regions, like North Dakota and Georgia, are subject to different restrictive measures. We are talking about the rules of “exact match” and “confirmed address”.

Выборы 2018: демократы утверждают, что миллионы американцев лишены возможности проголосовать
Even if a Florida resident was prosecuted for illegal possession of marijuana, it forever deprived of the right to vote. Photo: YouTube

In the first case, your registration details were identical to those specified when obtaining a driver’s license and social security numbers. However, many people who are in a difficult financial situation, life circumstances have developed in such a way that the procedure for them is almost impossible. The polling mechanism operates in North Dakota.

According to the law on “confirmed address”, people are obliged to present a document that contains information about their place of residence. Unfortunately, thousands of native Americans residing on reservations, face enormous challenges in this regard. This rule is followed in Georgia.

Whether in the coming years the Democrats to change the situation with the above restrictions, will largely depend on the results of tomorrow’s elections.

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